Before I ask these questions, out of genuine interest. I would like to firmly state where I am asking them from.
I am a Scot who always has believed in social justice, in fair representation and rights for all people. I have also been a firm believer all my adult life in Scottish Independence, but I am not a member of, nor have any dealings with the SNP. I am as much as an Independent Scot as I am an Internationalist. I see no difficulty in holding such a position, as I believe we can be both Internationalist and still retain our sense of our own Identity and our Independence.
This is my honest position, and I hold firmly by it.
So having laid my cards firmly on the table for you to see, may I ask you some these questions which are intriguing me?
Can you tell me as Labour supporting Scots, do you really approve of the stance your party is taking on the Independence issue? Have you had much of a chance to actually discuss how your party should be approaching this very important question? Have you had your own say in the matter? Or has this all been decided without your opinion sought, and you are simply following along as sheep doing your London HQ’s bidding on behalf of the Westminster Labour leadership?
If you have had adequate input? If you have had time for discussion, If you have been kept informed? Then that is to the good. You at least will be content that the membership have had their say.
The Labour party movement was set up to represent the views of it’s workers and people, not the other other way around, where like in George Orwells famous book, The Animal Farm, the animals rose up demanding that all animals are equal, only for it to end up with the Pigs running the farm, proclaiming that all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others, and actually start doing deals with the same people to send animals to the slaughter.
If you have been a Labour supporter and activist for many a long year, then you will know as well as me the vast amount of good Labour did in supporting the common worker, the marginalised, the dispossessed.
You will have possibly lived through, or heard of the great Labour movements of the past. Labour did indeed represent the people, and the people always had their say.
Can you truly say that the Labour party of today is still that party? There has been whole scale changes of huge magnitude since Blair took over, both ideologically and in practicality.
As a former Labour member briefly myself in the late 1980′s, I cannot see how the the two parties, the Labour party and New Labour are the same anymore? New Labour in my opinion became almost a clone of Thatchers Tories! For both Blair and Brown to revere Thatcher,and have her round to tea, had me spitting obscenities in my whisky!
So are you happy with what you are hearing now? Can you really stomach Lamont cutting a mini Thatcher figure and proclaiming the end for something for nothing, and wanting to do her masters bidding to bring us in line with England? End Universal benefits..End Education Free for all, end free prescriptions, reinstate council tax hikes, end pensioners bus passes? Make weapons of mass destruction a permanent fixture.
Is this really the Labour Party? Your Party??
A question for Trade Union members, when was the last time Labour actually stood up for you?
More often than not they seem to have acted against your interests rather than for your interests.
So why are you still paying through your wages and trades union subscription for them?
It is maybe time to reconsider?
Lastly, what do you know of this movement Scottish Labour for Independence.
I really don’t know much about them at all, except that they seem to me to be made up of ordinary labour party members who are actually thinking for themselves and trying to do something.
Maybe it would be worth the while checking them out, see what they have to say?
Do you not believe that your socialist values stand a far better chance of being actually held and Implemented in an Independent Scotland?
If not? Why Not?
Because as far as I can see, there is not a snowballs chance in hell of them ever being implemented in the Uk, even under a Labour Government.
13 years of Blair and Brown, they carried on with Majors Tory policies, never ditched any, and the current lot say that they won’t reverse this draconian governments decisions, if they get back in. And It is a Big IF, if you ask me.
Are you actually really labour members and voters with the fight taken out of you? A sort of freakish genetically modified breed from your forebears who fought and marched for their rights.
I am truly baffled. Why do you put up with it?
To use some Reggae… Get Up, Stand Up, Stand Up for your Rights…
For goodness sake….If you are actually going to support Labour till you die….at least make it a party which it is supposed to be. One that is supposed to stand up for you!! Not for you to be at it’s beck and call and serve it mindlessly.
In fact better still in my personal opinion, make it happen for you in an Independent Scotland!
Make it truly Your party again, and in your Country!